The owner of a theatrical boarding house is about to go bankrupt, so her tenants put on a show to raise the funds needed to keep the house. Of note mostly for as a document of actual vaudeville acts not long before vaudeville died out completely. Unfortunately, this copy was digitized poorly. The movie was shot flat (1.33:1), but this file seems to be forced to a 1.66:1 ratio, cropping off the top and bottom of the frame slightly, which is very noticeable during some of the acts recorded. Topics: race film, independent, musical, vaudeville
Gertie LaRue (Francine Everett) is a nightclub entertainer from the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. She arrives on the Caribbean island of "Rinidad" to perform as the headliner in a revue at the Paradise Hotel. Gertie has earned the nickname "Dirty Gertie" for the casual nature in which she entices and then humiliates men. On the island, she attracts the attention of two U.S. military officers – a soldier and a sailor – whom she nicknames "Tight Pants"... Topics: race film, independent, melodrama, burlesque, spencer williams
Based (loosely) on the life of Joe Louis. Except that Louis never lost a professional fight (until after this movie was made, at least). Head of the Production Code office Joseph Breen warned that the film might not get played in the South because it depicted a black man (Joe Louis) defeating several white men in boxing matches. favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: race film, independent, boxing, melodrama, Joe Louis
Mandy Jenkins, an African American cook for a wealthy white family in Birmingham, Alabama, discovers her husband Cornell is having an affair with Eloise Jackson. When she confronts her husband and Eloise at a nightclub, a violent fight ensues. Eloise leaves Birmingham and relocates to Harlem, getting a job as a cabaret vocalist under the stage name Cora Smith. She is followed to Harlem by her husband, Lem, who gets mixed up in the local crime scene. Mandy also arrives in New York, having left... Topics: race film, independent, backstage musical, melodrama
"Between swing and blues musical numbers, the story of comedian Lem Anderson, whose long-awaited chance to act dramatically vanishes when he witnesses a mob killing and is forced to leave town. Lem becomes a wanderer, then an alcoholic. Finally a chance to play Othello draws him back to Harlem. Is it too late for Ned? Or too soon to suit Rough Jackson's mobsters?" (from the IMDb summary by Rod Crawford) There is another copy on the Archive, but this is a different (and slightly higher... Topics: race film, independent, musical, melodrama, gospel, gangsters, Othello, Shakespeare
There's Danger! Terror! Mystery! With a Killer on the Loose! Julie Weston and her aunt, Hattie, own and operate a candy-store in Harlem. A wealthy business man, Albert Marshall, and his wayward son, Jim Marshall, swindle the women out of the store. Later, Albert Marshall is found murdered, and there are several suspects, including Marshall's secretary and a blackmailer. (from IMDb) Stepin Fetchit is in this film, and (fair warning) his persona is just as irritating and offensive as in his... Topics: race film, independent, musical, melodrama, murder mystery, stepin fetchit
Get Moving a running radio show interviews director Barry Walton on his film Profiling HURT, a documentary on the 100-mile, 36-hour foot race through the jungles of Hawaii and the story of two runner's journey to make it there. Topics: Profiling HURT, HURT, H.U.R.T., Hawaii, Ultra Marathon, running, race, film, documentaries, Barry...
Mantan Moreland and F. E. Miller are down at the heels, that is until a craps shoot wins Mantan a gambling casino. Too bad it's haunted by a family of prudish ghosts. The sequel to "Mr. Washington Goes to Town," which sadly appears to be a lost film. Directed by William Beaudine (as William X Crowley) Released in 1942. a.k.a. "Lady Luck" Tape-transferred complete print. MANTAN MORELAND MOVIES HERE AT IA: https://archive.org/post/1006776/the-mantan-moreland-list-update Topics: race film, all-black casts, comedies, Mantan Moreland, F E Miller
The B-Roll Movie Review Show Episode 2 We briefly talk about the movies The Help and Jack & Jill in our what we've been watching segment. In our film news segment, we talk about Michael Bay returning to direct Transformers 4. For our special segment, we discuss the experience of making a movie for competitive film festivals like the 24 Hour Film Race & the 48 Hour Film Project. Finally, we end the show with an in-depth review of the film, Take Shelter. Topics: The B-Roll Movie Review Show, Movie, Reviews, B-Roll, Take Shelter, The Help, Jack & Jill, 24...